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INGLIS SHELDON-WILLIAMS. Horse Pulling Sled, 1917. Glenbow museum

INGLIS SHELDON-WILLIAMS, b. 1870, Hampshire, England, d. England, 1940. Sheldon-Williams was the first professional artist who settled in Saskatchewan -- if only for a brief time. He came first in 1887, settling with his Mother and sister in a homestead at Cannington Manor in South Eastern Saskatchewan (near what is now Carlyle). He returned to England to study art at the Slade School and, until 1903 returned periodically between stints as a trooper in the Boer War and journalist-illustrator for London illustrated magazines (the equivalent of today's photo-journalist.) In 1916 he was asked to set up the Art Department in Regina College, but gave up teaching after just one year. Thereafter he worked as an official Canadian war artist and on his own projects. He returned to Saskatchewan twice thereafter, in 1919 and 1922. Sheldon-Williams was a fine Edwardian artist-illustrator and one of the best portrait painters Canada has seen. His watercolors and gouaches give the impression of being rapid notations, characterized always by firm drawing. He had a great love of horses -- especially draft horses -- and these provide a personal touch to many of his paintings in both oil and watercolour.


TERRY FENTON